Hearts Entwined – A Review

Hearts Entwined
By Erin Nichole

The only sound Jana could hear was her own breathing. The darkness even spooked her and she rarely feared the night. But this fear was almost crushing. Pain on top of the fear wrapped the Royal’s mind into a frantic state. She curled to her side, wrapping her arms around her knees that pressed tightly against her chest. If only she didn’t feel so alone and terrified. Why did the High King feel so distant? The Scripture she rehearsed in her heart felt cold and she wondered, if her heart too, would soon turn to a stony statue like that of her former trainer’s…

My Review

I am always loth to read a series. I possess a certain, perhaps unfounded and odd, fear that if I like a book, the author will inevitably ruin the story in the following books.

Hearts Entwined is Volume 3 in The Wyvern Tales. It can be read as a standalone from its predecessors, but it certainly builds on their story – and without ruining anything. My favorite characters from The Scarlet Rose are still as noble and lovable as before; and I found several new favorites.

Coen is, possibly, at the top of my favorites list. I certainly related to him the most. Rowan, Wynter, Jana, and Kicster were other new favorites and weren’t terribly far behind. Kicster, indeed, did not have nearly enough page time. He needed several more… chapters. In my opinion, anyhow.

I enjoyed the overall story. The message of friendship, loyalty, and broken trust is a difficult one, but a message that ought to be heard. The mystery behind the past of one character particularly, is well hinted at, but not at all annoying as I have found some books, though intriguing.

Finally, I did approach the book with some trepidation, wondering how the narrator voice might be affected by Morgan Myomoto’s co-authorship with Erin Nichole, who has previously written on her own. I had no need to worry. The story telling fared well in the hands of both authors, living up to the previous works.

Hearts Entwined is currently on sale for .99 for Kindle, so get it while you have a chance!

To the KING be all the glory!

Points Worth – A Review

Points Worth by D.C. Marino

Released on March 30, 2018

For centuries the small port town of Points Worth has been able to communicate with the ocean in its own language. But the water has just gone silent and its last word has shaken those able to translate it. A knowledge of sea-script won’t be enough to mend the broken relationship between man and the deep. Gil, a young nautical linguist, will have to break rules and search the past to discover why the ocean ceased its tides—or had them stolen.

Points Worth is a novelette set in the world of Kingdom of Ruins, and is a prequel to the first book in the series.

My Review

For being so short, I found this story to be surprisingly enjoyable. To be honest, I read it because a friend of mine said she loved it, but I had low expectations. It took me two or three pages to get into the story, but once I did, I found the story fascinating, the author’s voice pleasant, and the main character likable. I’m looking forward to reading the novel that follows!

I would certainly recommend this book!

Giveaway

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Mommynificent, June 20

Christian Author, J.E.Grace, June 20

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 23

Janices book reviews, June 24

Margaret Kazmierczak, June 25

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 26

Carpe Diem, June 27

About the Author

D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.

To the KING be all the glory!

Plunge Into Darkness – A Review

Plunge into Darkness by Kristen N. Spencer

Released February 27, 2018

Two girls.

A village with a dark secret.

Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.

Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.

Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.

Never before has redemption been so costly.

Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.

My Review

Where do I begin with this book?

I can truly say that I appreciated the heart and theme behind this story. Too often, we can be tempted to turn blind eye to those in need or refuse to dive into helping our neighbor because it’s messy and we might get our hands dirty. Sexual abuse, which is dealt with in some detail in this book, as well as torture and other forms of abuse, are particularly messy. We don’t want to get involved, we don’t want to deal with the aftermath, we don’t want to be seen as thinking that anyone could treat another human being that way. But they do and we need to be willing. “For I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…” Galatians 2:20 We need to be the hands and feet of Christ, because that’s who He has called us to be, jump in, get dirty, and stop turning a blind eye. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” I appreciated the much needed theme and it was shown with good clarity.

I, however, found the author’s depiction of Yacov, the Man of Sorrows, and the Book of Fables, representing God the Father, the Son, and the Bible respectively, to be disturbing. Particularly, Yacov and Man, as a representation of the LORD, were shown to be quite powerless without “human” aid, (I’m not sure the species of the characters in the book,) as if He depended on His own creation. The LORD does work through His children. “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 He uses us as His hands and voice and feet, but if we don’t listen to Him, He can accomplish in another way, if He so chooses. He is not dependent on us. “The LORD said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?'” Exodus 4:11 The LORD who does these things, does not depend on His creation to do His work – He does use us, and we are responsible when we disobey Him, but He can do whatever He pleases without us, if He wants to.

The basic story line disappointed me in some aspects. While well-written from a writer’s perspective, the child turned seventeen-year-old, who always has more wisdom than those around her, got tiresome, sad, and unrealistic. All of her elders were always in the wrong – except the one who came to agree with her. I would have far more enjoyed the story, if it were a family who reached out to young Dawn or if Ever had had wise advice and support from her family. Part of that is personal preference. Though, a seventeen-year-old doing unheard of actions on a feeling, is, I fear, a somewhat unwise story line to promote.

As I mentioned, I would call the book well-written. I liked the author’s writing voice. She knows how to use her words well to create a picture in your mind. Even when I disagreed with her the most, I never felt bored. Confused a few times, but not bored. Her cadence of words flowed nicely.

In conclusion, I agreed wholeheartedly with the message of the book – it’s a much needed one. I disagree with and am somewhat bothered by how the author chose to tell the story.

Giveaway

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For The Love of Books, June 18

About the Author

Kristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.

To the KING be all the glory!

Not a Word – A Review

Not a Word by Chautona Havig
Originally Published in 2013

Words have power. Add a solid reputation behind those words, and they have the power to destroy.

It began with a lie.

Mac’s life changed irrevocably with a false accusation. Blissfully unaware of the carnage she left behind when she moved from Brant’s Corners, Savannah Forrester is back and when Mac sees her at church–with a boy–he wants answers.

For eight years he’s lived under the cloud of her accusations–without defending himself. He kept her secret. He endured the shame and the life-altering consequences.

Savannah can set the record straight. Mac says no. The ultimate question remains: what is best for Rory.

And who is Rory really?

The Characters and Story:

This book is one of my favorites. I have read several by Chautona Havig and this one tops them all. (Though the Alexa Hartfield Mysteries do come in as a somewhat close second.)

Mac is a great character. I love watching him grow, as he starts out shielding the woman who he loves, which leads to his friend using his selflessness as an opportunity to witness. His growth from a slightly arrogant kid to mature man is very well done.

Savannah is also well done, though I admit, I got mad at her a few times. She feels rather insecure, but that’s understandable given her circumstances. I don’t dislike her; I just don’t like her as much as I do Mac. She is a good example of a Christian, who has never really been tested on their beliefs, and thinking that she was strong, she fell. “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12.

Mrs. Havig did well writing a character that stood out as funny, but adorable. That character is Rory. There are a few times, when he couldn’t seem to stop talking, but that’s forgivable, considering he’s just a kid.

As to the minor characters, they were varied and colorful as I’ve come to expect from Chautona Havig’s books. I loved Aunt Clara, Savannah’s best friend, Gene, and the appearances by Luke, Aggie, and several of the other characters from the Aggie’s Inheritance Series.

A Few More Thoughts:

This book is a good illustration, as I stated earlier, of a Christian being tested on the strength of their convictions, but also the consequences of sin, and how God can take even sin and make something beautiful out of it. Fiction or not, I find this book encouraging in that last aspect – because I know my LORD does, indeed, work in that way.

Cautions:

The only caution I would give, is if you were going to give this book to a younger reader. I would suggest this book only be given to those sixteen and up, simply because of the topic. It was, however, handled with tact and discretion, which I appreciate.

I would highly recommend this book.

 

To the KING be all the glory!

~Life of Washington – A Review

In continuance of my reading challenge, I give you my review on a Biography.

Life of Washington by Anna C. Reed
Originally Published in 1842

George Washington led an exemplary life of service to God and his country, from his very boyhood. Raised by godly parents, they instilled in him a sense of honestly and duty, which proved him well in his many roles as son, land surveyor, soldier, husband, General, guardian, land-owner, benefactor, master, state representative, and President of the United States.

Miss Reed tells us about the life of one man, used of the LORD in many diverse ways of many years. Pulling from legends, letters, diary excerpts, personal testimonies, and using engaging narration, she paints a picture of the life of George Washington, as well as the events leading to the start of the country that he helped to found.

This book proved both interesting and well-written, often binging the reader back to the Bible with Scriptures and reminders of God’s promises.

I truly enjoyed reading Life of Washington. It rarely grew dull, and when it did, those sections were short. Much of what I read, I had studied before, but it was good to refresh my memory.

General Washington always has been one of my heroes and this book confirmed that in the best of ways.

To the KING be all the glory!